Academic Symposium- 'Gender and Education'- Nov. 6-7

FOND DU LAC, Wis.- Marian College will present its sixth annual Academic Symposium,"Gender and Education: Honoring Differences, Exploring Equity," in Marian's Stayer Center for Technology & Executive Learning Nov.6-7.

All Academic Symposium events are free and open to the public.

The first keynote speaker, Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m., will be Connie J. Callahan, Ph.D., professor of counseling at Eastern Kentucky University. Her research interests include best practice guidelines for successful treatment outcomes, efficacious counseling practice, death and dying, and human sexuality. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist. She served as president of the Kentucky Counseling Association and the Kentucky Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She is the author of numerous articles in the Kentucky Counseling Association Journal.

Cathy Trower, Ph.D., is the second keynote speaker, Wednesday, Nov. 7. She is principal investigator, research associate and director of the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. COACHE seeks to create a constructive competition among U.S. colleges and universities to create a "great place to work" for new teachers, and to give voice to junior faculty about the quality of their work life and their level of satisfaction in the workplace.

Trower's work includes women in science, faculty recruitment and retention strategies, issues facing women faculty and faculty of color, tenure policy and practice, and the changing culture of the academy. She was a senior academic administrator at Johns Hopkins University and a faculty member at Mount Mercy College in Iowa. She has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Callahan's and Trower's presentations will be streamed live on FDLPodcasting.

Student presentations will be held Nov. 6 at 9:35 and 11:10 a.m. and Nov. 7 at 9:05, 10:10 and 11:15 a.m. Faculty presentations will be held Nov. 6 at 2:20 p.m., and Nov. 7 at 12:20, 1:25 and 2:30 p.m. Master of Arts in Education students will make a presentation on African-American females at predominantly white colleges Nov. 6 at 4:15 p.m.

Two films also will be shown in the afternoons of the symposium."Escuela," which will be shown Tuesday at 12:45 p.m., profiles a migrant family from Texas who works in California farm fields. "The Gender Chip Project," which will be shown Wednesday afternoon, follows five women majoring in the sciences, engineering and math at Ohio State University who create a community to share their experiences and struggles as women stepping into traditionally male domains.

Marian's annual Academic Symposium examines a significant social, political, cultural or scientific issue, including stem cell research in 2002, religion and violence in 2003, healthcare in 2004, homeland security and the Bill of Rights in 2005, and Catholic identity in 2006. The goal of the Academic Symposium is to reflect, debate,discuss, learn and understand an issue relevant to contemporary society by bringing nationally known speakers to Fond du Lac and to engage the campus and community in shared exploration of controversial matters on an intellectual plane.

Plato wrote, "If women are expected to do the same work as men,we must teach them the same things." But teaching boys and girls or men and women the same things will not necessarily result in an equitable educational experience. Biological, cognitive,and educational research suggests that males and females learn and process information in different ways. Whether by nature or nurture, men and women are different. While some argue that today's primary and secondary educational systems are benefiting females at the expense of males, others insist that females continue to be marginalized. This is a good reason to explore views regarding how best to provide educational equity for students of different genders.

More information about the Academic Symposium is available at

Support for the Academic Symposium comes in part from Agnesian HealthCare,Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes Sponsorship Ministry, and Louis and Sue Andrew.

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